The Avengers: Writer-Director Joss Whedon on Iron Man's (D)evolving Armor
03.14.12 by BJSprecher
If you've been paying close attention to the marketing campaign for Marvel Studios' The Avengers, you've probably noticed that Robert Downey, Jr. has been depicted in several different iterations of the Iron Man armor, from the Mark VI armor with the triangle-shaped chest reactor he wore at the end of Iron Man 2 to a new suit that returns the circle-shaped chest reactor. Why this devolution of the Iron Man armor back to an earlier design? In a recent interview with Empire, writer-director Joss Whedon called himself a "classicist" and explained that Iron Man's circle design is back because "the triangle is ass" and has no meaning.
There will be more than one suit in the film. 'Cause they get a bit of wear and tear, honestly. He goes through it... and it's sort of a tradition that Marvel brought to the table of, 'We like to change it up, we like to see the suits evolve.' And so I said, 'Great! Then you're going back to the circle because the triangle is ass.' I'm sorry, but I'm a classicist, the circle has a meaning, the triangle does not.